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At Prestonwood Pregnancy Center, we provide lab-quality pregnancy tests and ultrasounds by medically trained professionals at no charge to our clients. With pregnancy confirmation and an understanding of where you are in your pregnancy, you will be prepared to make an informed decision.
Abortion is a major decision.
Women consider abortion for many different reasons. You have the power to make the best decision for you, but to do this it is important to have accurate information about abortion procedures and their potential risks. At Prestonwood Pregnancy Center, we use a holistic approach to help you gain information about all of your options. We will help you understand the different abortion procedures and what to expect.
Abortion is a medical procedure.
There are two different types of abortions: the abortion pill and a surgical abortion, which is more invasive.
If you think you might be pregnant, we can provide you with an on-site pregnancy test at no cost to you. If the pregnancy test is positive, we will perform an ultrasound that will determine how far along you are and if your pregnancy is viable. At that same appointment our medical staff will help you understand each abortion procedure and answer any questions you may have. You can book a free appointment here.
- Am I really pregnant?
- How far along am I?
- What are the different abortion procedures?
- What are the abortion laws in Texas?
- How do I decide whether or not to have an abortion?
- I am pregnant–what are my options?
- Should I have STD testing before proceeding with an abortion?
- What can happen if I have an abortion with an untreated STD?
- What does an abortion cost?
- Are there risks to having an abortion?
Even if you have pregnancy symptoms or have taken a home test, you should confirm your pregnancy with a medical-grade pregnancy test and an ultrasound. A pregnancy may potentially be detected as early as 7 to 10 days after conception.
It is important to know up to 25% of pregnancies end in natural miscarriage. Actual rates may be higher as many women miscarry before knowing they are pregnant.
- Consists of two different medications.
- Can be taken up to 10 weeks
- First medication is taken at the abortion clinic. The second medication is taken at home 2-3 days after that.
- Side effects include abdominal pain, severe cramping, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, dizziness, fever, and chills.
Early Surgical Abortion:
- Consists of suction/aspiration
- Can be performed up to 14 weeks
- Potential risks include physical complications, bleeding, infection, incomplete abortion, allergic reaction to meds, organ damage
Late Term Abortion:
- Dilation & Evacuation (15+ weeks)
- Labor Induction (2nd and 3rd Trimesters)
- Potential risks include incomplete abortion, hemorrhaging, infection, organ damage, anesthesia complications
Prestonwood Pregnancy Center does not perform abortions.
As of September 1, 2021 SB8, otherwise known as the Heartbeat Bill, went into effect in Texas. The Heartbeat Bill states that once a fetal heartbeat is detected, an abortion may not be performed, unless you have a life-threatening medical condition.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, the following are additional abortion regulations in Texas as of May 1, 2018:
- A woman must receive counseling informing her about the abortion procedure and the risks involved.
- A woman must undergo an ultrasound at least 24 hours before obtaining an abortion; the provider must show and describe the image to the woman.
- There is a mandatory waiting period of 24 hours after the ultrasound and counseling before the abortion can be performed.
- Private insurance policies and health plans offered in the state’s health exchange under the Affordable Care Act cover abortion only in cases of life endangerment or if the woman’s health is severely compromised.
- The abortion pill must be provided using the FDA protocol. The use of telemedicine to administer medication abortion is prohibited.
- The parent of a minor must consent and be notified before an abortion is provided.
It is important that you take your time to gather accurate information regarding all of your options and speak to a medical professional. For more information, click here to schedule to meet with a nurse.
Questions to ask:
- Am I ready to be a parent?
- Am I willing to consider other options such as adoption?
- What would it mean for my future if I have a child now?
- Is anyone pressuring me to have or not have an abortion?
- Would having an abortion change my life in a way I do or do not want?
- What is my support system?
If you are pregnant, you have three basic choices:
- Continue the pregnancy and become a parent.
- Continue the pregnancy and arrange for an adoption, either within your family or through an agency.
- End the pregnancy now by having an abortion.
At Prestonwood Pregnancy Center, we recommend STD testing prior to abortion to prevent undiagnosed STDs from spreading farther into the reproductive system. STD testing prior to an abortion is not necessarily offered. And when it is, there is a cost. At Prestonwood Pregnancy Center, we offer free STD testing for two sexually transmitted diseases, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, at our Richardson location.
Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are the two most common STDs in the United States. They are bacterial diseases which commonly reside in the vaginal opening. We believe it is important for pregnant women to know if they have either one of these diseases, particularly if they are considering having an abortion. For more information, our page on STD/STI testing and treatment please visit this page.
Chlamydia and Gonorrhea can have dangerous side complications if left untreated. If a woman has an undiagnosed and untreated STD/STI during an abortion or childbirth, those infected cells can travel from the vaginal opening into the uterus. When this occurs and is left untreated, a second condition called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) can develop.
PID can have serious consequences, including infertility, ectopic pregnancy (any pregnancy outside of the uterus), abscess formation, and chronic pelvic pain. Protect your health and well-being, and get tested today!
The cost for an abortion can vary based on how far along you are in your pregnancy, the procedure, the clinic, and more. If you think you are pregnant, book a free appointment online to verify your pregnancy through a pregnancy test and ultrasound. This question is complex, and figuring out how far along you are is the first step.
With any surgery or medical procedure, there are associated risks. There are two types of abortions: surgical and medical.
A surgical procedure removes the fetus from the uterus through the vagina. It’s typically done using suction and a sharp, spoon-shaped tool (curet).
A medical abortion involves taking medication early in the pregnancy to abort the fetus.
There are several potential risks associated with both medical and surgical abortions, such as:
- Post-anesthesia complications
- Uterine atony (failure of the uterus to contract) and subsequent hemorrhage
- Uterine perforation causing potential injuries to adjacent organs (bladder or bowels)
- Cervical laceration
- Failed abortion
- Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC)
Potential risks of medical abortion include:
- Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
- An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
- Severe abdominal pain
If you still have questions, our medical team can give you complete information on the risks of these procedures.